Truss, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Trussed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Trussing.] [F. trousser. See Truss, n.] 1. To bind or pack close; to tie up tightly; to make into a truss. Shak.
It [his hood] was trussed up in his wallet.Chaucer.
2. To take fast hold of; to seize and hold firmly; to pounce upon.
Who trussing me as eagle doth his prey.Spenser.
3. To strengthen or stiffen, as a beam or girder, by means of a brace or braces.
4. To skewer; to make fast, as the wings of a fowl to the body in cooking it.
5. To execute by hanging; to hang; -- usually with up.
Sir W. Scott.
To truss a person
To truss one's self, to adjust and fasten the clothing of; especially, to draw tight and tie the laces of garments.
[Obs.] "Enter Honeysuckle, in his nightcap, trussing himself."
J. Webster (1607). --
To truss up, to strain; to make close or tight. --
Trussed beam, a beam which is stiffened by a system of braces constituting a truss of which the beam is a chord.
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